Steamboat Springs A newly formed high school summer lacrosse team hopes to build off the success of Routt County’s growing infatuation with the sport.
Steamboat Youth Lacrosse Director Neill Redfern said it was a natural fit to form a summer team that will play against some of the top competition from across the state and country.
“It’s the first time we’ve ever done this,” Redfern said.
Redfern has previously organized a lacrosse league in Steamboat for high school-aged players. For a number of reasons, Redfern recently decided to put together a single team that will attend four tournaments throughout the year. The team will consist of freshmen, sophomores and juniors.
The team will play three tournaments in Colorado — the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Jamboree from June 1 to 3, the Dick’s Sporting Goods Colorado Cup on June 9 and 10 and the Summit County Lacrosse Classic on July 14 and 15. The team also will compete in one of the premier high school lacrosse tournaments in the country when it heads to the Champ Camp in Baltimore, Md. The July 18 to 21 camp features some of the top high school, club and all-star lacrosse teams in the U.S.
“I told the parents and kids we’ll see a game or a two where we get pounded,” Redfern said. “Then we’ll get put in our proper bracket.”
The camps should give Steamboat a leg up on the high school competition when the 2013 season begins. With the Colorado High School Activities Association splitting high school lacrosse into two classifications — Class 4A and Class 5A — next year, Steamboat has a legitimate chance to compete for a state title.
Redfern said this summer competition should keep the Sailors sharp.
“Part of what it is, is we want to keep at an eye level of good teams,” he said. “Hopefully they walk away better lacrosse players. We’re going to see lacrosse at the highest level.
“I think most of these tournaments we play we’ll see teams that are at our abilities, but we’ll get more experience against high-level teams.”
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